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WMS Shoutout Results

September 9th, 2010 by Ivan Boldyrev

MapServer is either first or second in all nominations, but I prefer Geoserver anyway 🙂

Sibastro 2010

July 31st, 2010 by Ivan Boldyrev

Sibastro 2010 will be on September 17-19 at same place.

Free Lunar Field Atlas 2.0 by Fred Dase

July 29th, 2010 by Ivan Boldyrev

New version of photographic lunar atlas: on free star atlases

June 25th, 2010 by ibadm

These atlases are not open source in strict sense (you cannot modify them), but they are free.

Maps of Solar Eclipses

April 13th, 2010 by Ivan Boldyrev

Nice map. More maps.

Too pity there are no total solar eclipses in Novosibirsk anymore 🙂

Gentoo Linux Astronomy overlay

March 11th, 2010 by Ivan Boldyrev

I have started an Astronomy overlay for Gentoo Linux (i.e. repository for astronomical software that can be installed on Gentoo Linux).

The following packages are currently packaged:

  • SkyChart (aka Cartes du Ciel)
  • VirtualMoon
  • JSatTrak
  • IridiumFlares

Note that JSatTrak depends on some packages from java-overlay.

New variant of starchartjs

February 11th, 2010 by Ivan Boldyrev

I have created another variant of starchartjs that uses HTML5 Canvas element with normal browsers and excanvas (VML emulation of Canvas) with Internet Explorer:

New version uses Rey’s constellation figures with more stars and lines (it was driving force for Canvas migration, as Canvas is faster).

It also draws planets (I could add it to old SVG/VML version too).

Please, test with various browsers and platforms.

P.S. Here are competitors:!!!

Updated at Jan 2012: StarchartJS is now open-source, you may see better demo at

starchartjs: new astonomical web toy

February 4th, 2010 by Ivan Boldyrev

This page displays real-time star chart for my location (it could for any other). The chart is updated each 2 minutes.

The map is created with RaphaelJs library, constellation figures are stolen from Stellarium.

I plan to use it as a component for my future projects.

Two Japan orthoscopic eyepieces

January 14th, 2010 by Ivan Boldyrev

Today I received a package with two Kokusai Kohku eyepieces. No sky over there, so no tests yet.

It was sent to me one month ago from Moscow, on December 12; within four days it was delivered to Novosibirsk (3000 km), but because of New Year fuss it was delivered from Novosibirsk to Berdsk (50 km) only after yet another 20 days. Russian Post is like that.

Kokusai Kohku Orthopscopes

New repository for fgh

January 4th, 2010 by Ivan Boldyrev

fgh repository has been moved to bitbucket.

New address is